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My Love of Architecture
Architecture Is My True Love
When I took an architectural class in High School, my father gave me his t-square and a 2x3 foot board (not a table but a board).
I was at a crossroads of what I wanted to be in life: An Architect, teacher, writer or psychologist. I chose to further my education in Architecture. Even then it wasn't always easy finding work.
My career has expanded from Architecture to Engineering. The last several years, I had been working more in a wide spectrum of the engineering field. (Due to the economic situation beyond my control, I have been unemployed for an eternity). But architecture is my true love. My resume includes designing and drawing homes, (several of these homes that I designed were in the "Showcase of Homes"), drawings of commercial buildings such as: banks, department stores and industrial buildings. Many of these were local. When my daughter was small and we would go into one of the buildings that I had worked on, I would say, "What do you think of your mom's building?"
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Learning On a Drafting Table - Talent Of An Old Dinosaur Or Spider
Talent to Draw on a Drafting table.
I have a talent that many young people going into this field do not have, that is being able to draw on a drafting table. Sure, I'm dating myself. Many of you know that I daughter was in college.
What is involved with drafting on a table?
First there is the table itself with a parallel edge (versus a t-square). You must have several mechanical pencils from various lead sizes (graphite as we would call it). More items include an electric eraser, eraser shield, templates, triangles, protractor, to name a few items and ink or caulk if it is required.
During a few layoffs from this field, I had worked independently with my t-square and a board.
Deluxe Art Drawing and Hobby Table
The best part of this drawing table is that it is made with a beautiful cherry woodgrain top. It has plastic trays on both sides to hold pencils and other drawing tools. This drafting and drawing table has draws which make it extra convenience to have your drawing tools all in one place.
Parallel Straightedge Board
Fold out legs, easy to carry around and locking parallel bar. What else can you ask for!
12" x 18" Portable Drafting Board
This portable drafting board is ideal for sketches, drawings and drafting. Something this side is usually for detail parts, such as tool design. The ideas for using this board is endless.
Office Chair and Lighting
Boss Drafting Stools - A Must Have When You Are Drawing
Contoured back and seat help to relieve back-strain, Pneumatic gas lift seat height adjustment, Euro-style nylon base with heavy duty dual wheel casters, With loop arms, Strong 20-inch diameter chrome foot, Dimensions: Seat Size: 17.5-inch W x 16.5-inch D, Back Size: 16.5-inch W x 15-inch H, Seat height: 18.5-inch - 23.5-inch H, Overall Dimensions: 25-inch W x 25-inch D x 42-inch - 47-inch H
Swing Arm Lamp - Attaches to the Top of the Table
Swing Arm Lamp- Black...One of the most important items in any artist's studio! These lamps will clip onto almost any table. They will also clamp on to shelves and surfaces that are vertical or horizontal. Features a ventilated metal shade double shade baffle for glare reduction a spring balanced adjustable arm and lampholder switch (not an inline switch). The arm extends to 32". The lamp itself takes up to a 100 watt bulb (not included).
Basic Supplies Needed
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My Frog Mug
I Am a Wannabe Artist
Therefore I Construct Drawings
My family is full of artists. I had always wanted to be one, but my talent does not go that deep. Therefore, my art is vented in Architecture and Engineering. Being out of work for so long, I am rusty, but it is much like riding a bike. Any local prospective employers out there?
Yes, I drew and painted a frog on a t-shirt as a teenager.
When I was twelve I won $10 for my dog drawing in a contest.
My daughter has the art talent. She had fallen away from it when she didn't get along with her middle school art teacher. Today, she blames us for not letting her develop her special gift.
AutoCAD 2015 and LT - Full Commercial Version and Older Versions
Surprise to see the old fashion way of architectural and engineering designing is available on Amazon. Does this mean there are old dinosaurs and spiders like me out there? Drafting today is done on the computer using software like Microstation and AutoCAD. Though I have utilized some of the other types of software, (in my opinion) nothing compares to AutoCAD software.
AutoCAD 2015 with 1-Year Maintenance Subscription
Product Description For those who shape everything around us, AutoCAD 2015 delivers the power and flexibility needed to take documentation and design further. Speed documentation, share ideas seamlessly, and explore ideas more intuitively in 3D. With thousands of available add-ons, AutoCAD software provides the ultimate in flexibility, customized for your specific needs. An industry leader, find out why AutoCAD can take your inspiration further. Key Features and Benefits Explore Your Ideas in Almost Any Shape Imaginable Effective design requires being able to quickly and easily explore your ideas. 3D AutoCAD software provides the capabilities to shape, expand, and visualize your ideas unlike ever before. Unleash your imagination with free-form design tools Create and edit 3D solids and surfaces with ease Walk or fly through a model with 3D navigation
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